Federal Government fully backs Nigeria’s bid to host AFCON 2027

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*Sports Minister, NFF jet out for meeting with CAF EXCO in Egypt

The Hon. Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh will be attending the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee meeting in Cairo, Egypt, as the nation solidifies its bid to host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament for the first time since 1980.

Nigeria and the Republic of Benin presented a joint bid to host the tournament.

The Minister and the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will be attending the meeting as representatives of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

During the meeting, Nigeria will make its presentation to the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African football in Cairo, Egypt. Senator Owan Enoh is attending the meeting alongside top members of Nigeria Football Federation.

All countries who submitted bids to host the AFCON tournament in 2025 and 2027 respectively are expected to attend the meeting during which the Independent Assessment Committee of CAF will submit their reports for assessment and discussions by CAF EXCO.

The CAF team had previously visited Nigeria to assess facilities at different proposed host venues around the nation.

The Nigerian delegation includes the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi and bid coordinator, Mallam Mainasara Ilo.

Nigeria will make a ten (10) minute presentation to the CAF EXCO, and thereafter will be allocated time to answer questions from its presentation.

The meeting will hold on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

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